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    Posted: May-23-2012 at 9:20am
Good Morning Everyone,

I would like to refinish the teak swim deck on my 1986 CC Ski Nautique. The main question I have is in regard to the finish that you use to protect the wood. Is there a better marine grade polyurethane out there that you suggest?

I plan to strip the old finish off, re-stain the wood, and then put several coats of finish on to seal the deck off from the water.

I tried to search for this and I'm sure it has been discussed before but I appreciate your assistance on this.

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You should not use stain or polyurethane on teak. You need to oil it with teak oil.

If there is any stain or poly on it now, you need to remove it. This may require sanding. If it only had oil on it previously, then you can skip right to the cleaning. A brass bristle brush and some teak cleaner, followed by a good rinse, will get the job done.

Once dry, move to oiling. It will take several coats to start looking good. Some people like to wet sand between coats of oil, to improve the look and make it last longer.
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Thank you very much for the reply!

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Careful with the wetsanding, my neighbor does that and I slip off his platform often, but it does look good.
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Nabes, as has been quoted on here before, there are some real Teak finishing nazis on here, and they can do incredible work. Search the threads and you'll see all the steps they go through....and next winter I may get more involved in my teak platform, but for this year....

...my platform had not had any attention in the last 3 years or so...

I simply washed and scrubbed off the heavy mildew, then gave the platform a light sanding.

Then used a non-toxic powder teak-cleaner/brighter, which worked great....rinsed that all off after scrubbing it.

Let the platform dry in the sun thoroughly, then put on a coat of teak oil, let it soak in a bit, wiped off the excess, then let it dry in the sun.

Put the platform on the boat, done!

I know I'll need some additional oil on it during the season, but my platform slides right of and I can sit it on the dock for the re-oil mid-season.

Platform looks great.
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I appreciate the help guys! I will be using the boat this weekend so I will be putting the deck back on as is. It is in good shape yet so once it dries next week we will clean up the existing deck and put some new oil on.

I'll be taking some pics along the way to keep track of the progress.

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Um, yeah, I wish I had found the threads on this sooner. I got my SNOB last spring, and refinished the step with Daileys hard drying oil. Sure looks pretty, but wow, it's slicker than snot on a glass doorknob!! I'll be doing something different for the coming season..

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I got mine a little too slick last year so I'm going to make a few passes with 80 grit on block this year before I start the oil. Last year I smoothed it out with 120 on the orbital which was too slippery when oiled, but alright once the oil wore off.
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If you are a skier, teak oil it and don't sand it much, leaves a natural traction and still looks nice. If you want to serve cocktails on it go ahead and sand it, after you had a drink or so it doesn't hurt as much when one slides off.
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When I sanded up to 800 grit, my platform was still not slippery.
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My platform has been sitting for years out of water, but is badly weathered. My goal is to save it. I mean badly weathered! I can't deside if I want to take out every screw and do each piece, or just keep it intact and treat as one piece. Any suggestions?
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Mine wasn't in great shape, I did not take it apart and was able to get it to look nice by following the suggestions from the CCfans. It's not hard, fairly surprising how the teak responds.
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Mine is in rough shape and I did the first step of the starbrite and it looks unreal. I would keep it intact and apply the 3 step process, do the larger size. Good luck!
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Prior to my ownership the boat had been sitting outside uncovered for at least 3 years. On top of that somebody decided to polyurethane it years ago. I disassembled the entire platform, sanded each each piece with 60 > 80 >150 > 220 grit papers then brushed on a half a dozen coats of Watco Teak Oil (from Home Depot). I just started last weekend and I have to admit I'm pretty impressed with the results.









The other platform shown in the background was the original off my '79 Tique. Every board is either broken or riddled with holes. Seems someone tried to reinforce it by screwing on a couple pieces of 2x6 underneath. Since there isn't more then 6" of good wood anywhere I'm goign to take it apart and use it to cut new spacers to go on the refurbished platform. Saves me the time of sanding all 24 of those little buggers.
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Few more pictures from last night. I got all the main pieces finished.





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Nice job! It looks great.

I lightly (key word) power washed mine a couple of years ago, followed by a light sanding and 3 coats of Watco and it still looks amazing.
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Same here.. quick scrub with stiff brush and detergent let dry, then plam sander with 60 grit, three coats of watco.. Awesome.. probably shouldn't have sanded but I couldn't resist, best hour spent!

didn't get the before pic.. but you can imagine.. phone pic doesn't do justice.

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Mine was to the point where I had to replace all the screws because the points were coming through. I am in salt water in SW Florida and we ride the heck out of this boat so whatever I do wont last long. I actually tuned up my block plane instead of a sander and in just a few light passes the deck was fresh-milled flat. Some Watco and it looked great for a couple months. The boat went in April and now in July the platform looks like ass again. Do it again next year I guess... maybe not.
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Thanks to all for the tips...Teak has great properties for absorbing oil. I still might sand the deck simply because the weathering is sever. Now who here is the oil purist in the group. I was thinking Watco, but what has the best chance of deep absorption?
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Haha.. I just returned from morning ski and will reiterate what others have said. DON'T over sand! I only used 60 grit and it was still a bit slick!

Watco is fine three to four coats were needed in my case. I have also used Starbrite and Amazon. I am hoping the Watco will last longer than the others.

Well.. the good news I will be able to launch the little ones with the combos off the platform with minimal friction!
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I have used Watco for many years on many projects. It is a great product that I'm very pleased with.


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Originally posted by AAM196 AAM196 wrote:

Haha.. I just returned from morning ski and will reiterate what others have said. DON'T over sand! I only used 60 grit and it was still a bit slick!


I take back what I said about it being too slick.. I was teaching kids hour ago standing on platform seemed good... better than prework. Though It needs another deep coat of Watco.
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I don't sand. Those screw tips are just under the surface. Watco goes on easy and keeps looking good and does not leave any oily residue.
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Is there a difference between Watco and Teak Oil?
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Originally posted by jterr jterr wrote:

Is there a difference between Watco and Teak Oil?

I purchase the Watco brand of teak oil. Up here in MN. Menards carries it for a reasonable price.
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Originally posted by jterr jterr wrote:

Is there a difference between Watco and Teak Oil?

Watco brand and what's the other brand?


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Originally posted by jterr jterr wrote:

Is there a difference between Watco and Teak Oil?

Watco brand and what's the other brand?

I think he means Starvrite Teak Oil vs Watco. I have marginally better results with Starbrite. Watco is more reasonable on the wallet but is rather hard to find in stock here.
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Light pressure washing and WATCO - Comes out of the water looking exactly the same.
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looks good. Now just reapply a coat of the Watco teak oil each spring, and you are good to go. Thats what I do.
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